Frank & Wall on voice shifts

by on 10/09/10 at 7:41 am

Significant shifts in voice are often preceded by a time of silence. (Twelve years elapsed between Austen’s early novels and the later ones.) You may feel blocked, or just not feel like writing, or feel that you need to be quiet for a period of time. Maybe everything you write feels predictable, and you know you need fallow time. These unanchored periods can be scary, but if you’re receptive and trusting of these changes, you may find yourself hearing a difference in the way you use language, or stumbling on some wholly new interesting accidents.–Thaisa Frank & Dorothy Wall, Finding Your Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction

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  • claudine

    This is an interesting take, Vikk. For some reason it sounds discouraging to me. Maybe just the thought that I’d have to sit on the sidelines for awhile.

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